I’ve been thinking about investing in a sticker machine for quite some time now, but couldn’t justify it. However, when I thought about how much I’ve been paying for stickers … Continue Reading Homemade Stickers That Promote Writerly Habits
News & Announcements Chart for Monday, 11/10/08 Originally uploaded by teachergal In order to keep my demonstrations fresh, I’ve come to believe that I have to craft a NEW piece … Continue Reading Boxes & Bullets: Framing Personal Essays
Just a reminder, for those of you that signed up and will be joining Ruth and I (and probably 50,000 other people), that the Stories in Hand Class begins tomorrow. … Continue Reading S.I.H. Class Starts Tomorrow
Lisa posted a question that really got me thinking about something I’ve never faced in my classroom: parents whose religion does not allow their child to partake in celebrations of … Continue Reading Religion & Publishing Celebrations
Thank goodness I’m home this Friday! I spent the past four weekends traveling to family events, conferences, etc. I’m so glad the week-end’s here. Hence, a T.G.I.F. Poem by Rusty … Continue Reading Poetry Friday: T.G.I.F.
Tonight I asked my first grade daughter, “What did you do in writing workshop today?” She beamed — literally beamed up at me with her toothless grin and said, “Oh … Continue Reading Fixing Up and Fancying Up
I’ll be using this with my students tomorrow. Just wanted to share! The topic I would like to write my personal essay about is: _______________________________ The big thing … Continue Reading Graphic Organizer for Personal Essay Thesis Development
I’ve been thinking about this post for a few weeks now. I’ve heard teachers ask students to “fix” their writing when asking them to revise. For some reason, this word … Continue Reading Correcting vs. Revising
I just found out a proposal two of my instructors from Teachers College submitted to the 2009 AERA (American Educational Research Association) Annual Meeting in San Diego got accepted. I … Continue Reading Anyone going to AERA in April?
I tend not to focus much on spelling when I write about the teaching of writing. However, I’m well-aware that using conventions properly is extremely important. Each week, my students … Continue Reading Spelling Sites
Yesterday I was asked to expand “patches of thought” Essentially, patches of thought are little pieces of paper (could be index cards) on which students write mini-stories, lists, or other … Continue Reading Just What Are PATCHES OF THOUGHT?
Showing-off My "I Voted" Sticker Originally uploaded by teachergal I woke up at 4:37 a.m. Nope, don’t have to be up yet, I thought. I turned over and attempted to … Continue Reading Stacey’s SOLS: Voting
No one else in this world will have a story quite like yours on this historic Election Day. Consider writing it up and linking your Slice of Life Story HERE, … Continue Reading Preserve a slice of the election, in writing, today.
Imagine my surprise as I stood in line at 6:15 behind more than 40 others waiting to vote. I quickly began calculating . . . two booths . . . … Continue Reading Ruth’s SOLS: Vote!
After yesterday’s writing, I was reminded of something I read in Ralph Fletcher’s A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You. (Since this is the second reference for this book … Continue Reading Old Photos
From my writer’s notebook yesterday: Today I came across an old mini-golf score card from when I beat Andy. (This doesn’t happen very often, so I stuck it in my … Continue Reading Memoir Monday: How things used to be.